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Report: Marlins contacted the Rays about Jake Odorizzi

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The Marlins had “preliminary contact” with the Rays about starter Jake Odorizzi, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports. Currently holding the first of two Wild Card slots in the National League, the Marlins are looking for both starting and relief pitching upgrades.

Odorizzi, 26, has had a solid season, compiling a 3.63 ERA with an 82/27 K/BB ratio in 84 1/3 innings. He will become eligible for arbitration for the first time after the season, which will allow him to command a significant pay raise over the $520,700 he’s earning this year. The right-hander can become a free agent after the 2019 season.

The front of the Marlins’ rotation has been solid with Jose Fernandez, Tom Koehler, and Adam Conley. However, offseason addition Wei-Yin Chen has struggled to a 5.22 ERA in his first 14 starts, Justin Nicolino put up a 5.17 ERA in 10 starts, and Jarred Cosart has surrendered 13 earned runs in 14 2/3 innings over three starts. Solidifying the middle and back of the rotation would certainly help the Marlins.

It isn’t shocking that the Rays would consider moving Odorizzi. A small market club, the Rays have typically traded away their talented players once they’re eligible for arbitration. The Rays also entered play Monday in last place at 31-36. While the record isn’t horrendous, the AL East is arguably the toughest division in baseball, so they would have their work cut out for them if they were to commit to contending.

The Players’ Weekend uniforms are terrible

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The Yankees and the Dodgers have a storied World Series history, having met in the Fall Classic 11 times. Part of what made those falls so classic was the livery worn by each club.

The Yankees’ uniforms have gone unchanged since 1936. The Dodgers, though changing cities in 1958, have had the same basic, classic look with only minor derivations for almost as long. You can’t even say the names of these teams without picturing pinstripes, those red Dodgers numbers, both teams’ clean road grays, the Yankees navy and the Dodgers’ Dodger blue.

They looked like a couple of expansion teams last night however, at least sartorially speaking.

As you probably know it’s Players’ Weekend this weekend, and teams all over the league wore either all black or all white with player-chosen nicknames on the back. We’ve had the nicknames for a couple of years now and that’s fine, but the black and white combo is new. It doesn’t look great, frankly. I riffed on that on Twitter yesterday a good bit. But beyond my mere distaste for the ensembles, they present a pretty problematic palette, too.

For one thing the guys in black blend in with the umpires. Quick, look at these infields and tell me who’s playing and who’s officiating:

The white batting helmets look especially bad:

But some guys — like Enrique Hernandez of the Dodgers, realized that pine tar makes the white helmets look super special:

There was also a general issue with the white-on-white uniforms in that it’s rather hard to read the names and the numbers on the backs of the jerseys. This was especially true during the Cubs-Nationals game in the afternoon sunlight. You’ll note this as a much bigger problem on Sunday. It’s all rather ironic, of course, that the players have been given the right to put fun, quirky nicknames on the backs of their jerseys but no one can really see them.

The SNY booth was reading many people’s minds last night, noting how much Mad Magazine “Spy vs. Spy” energy this is throwing off:

I’ll also note that if you’re flipping between games or looking at highlights on social media it’s super hard to even tell which team is which — and even what game’s highlights you’re seeing — just by looking which, you know, is sort of the point of having uniforms in the first place.

I’m glad the players have a weekend in which they’re allowed to wear what they want. I just wish they’d wear something better.